Jeffrey Richard Palmyra, 69, of Inverness, Florida, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, at his home while surrounded by his loving family. Jeffrey was born Feb. 15, 1950, in Coral Gables, Florida, to the late Joseph and Helen (Sanders) Palmyra.
Jeffrey proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. During his military service, Jeffrey counseled numerous Veterans returning home from the war in Vietnam. Following his military service, he earned his master’s degree in social work. He was employed by the state of North Carolina, where he was able to continue his career as a social worker. On He married Donna (Stanley) on June 11, 1995, with whom he shared 24 years of loving marriage. Jeffrey and Donna made Citrus County, Florida, their home in 1998 after relocating from Crossnore. He was an extremely talented musician who could play the guitar as well as the harmonica, mandolin and ukulele. While residing in North Carolina, Jeffrey was a member of the Boone’s Fork Band. When he wasn’t playing music, he enjoyed swimming, carpentry and watching his favorite baseball team, The San Francisco Giants. Jeffrey also had a love for cars and liked working on and reconditioning them.
In addition to his loving wife, those left to mourn Jeffrey’s passing include his son, Joseph Palmyra, and his wife Kelli, of Pineola; daughter, Rebecca Pinto, and her husband, Tony, of Linville; stepsons, Matthew McClellan, and his wife, Donna, of Linville Falls, Robert McClellan, and his wife, Julie, of Knoxville, Tennessee; sisters, Nancy Hale and Linda Staub, both of Boca Raton, Florida; and grandchildren, Tyler and Bryce.
A Celebration of Jeffrey’s life is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at the Unity Church of Citrus County in Lecanto, Florida, and will be conducted by the Rev. Lauri Gist. Cremation care is provided by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, Florida.
Mitchell News-Journal • Oct. 2, 2019